From Laura Miller’s essay on "The twisted mind of ‘Ender’s Game’" in Salon:
"Stories aren’t arguments, although they can contain them. If what you want to do is make a point — about traumatized soldiers or genocide or the principle of the double effect — it’s really far more effective to simply do so directly, in an essay or, if you’re feeling industrious, some actual reporting. A story’s job, on the other hand, is to take us through an emotional experience, and the experience has to be an end in itself, even if it also leaves us with some ideas to chew on.
"If you want to find the true subject of any story, look at where its emotional charge resides. This is often, underneath an otherwise conventional surface, a crazy, self-contradictory fantasy — the classic case in point being romance novels, in which devastatingly handsome, arrogant, womanizing alpha males suddenly undergo a complete personality reversal upon meeting the Right Woman and become devoted monogamous homebodies. The heart of any work of fiction, and especially of popular fiction, is a knot of dreams and desires that don’t always make sense or add up…"
Anonymous asked: Word to the wise: the Chicago Manual of Style's cover is a bit plain. . . .
It is indeed! I hope this somewhat improves it:
The Secret Journal of Beatrice Hassi Barahal is finally and at long last ready to order in its PRINT version.
I appreciate your patience as this has been a micro-press venture and has taken quite a while to move through all the steps. While the people I worked with have experience in these matters, this is the first micro-press project I have ever attempted and I could not have done it without the able assistance (and patience) of Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein and Melanie Ujimori, the founders and publishers of Crab Tank Ink (although technically Crab Tank is not publishing the chapbook; the publisher of record is the Press of the Shiny Ideas Clutch, while Crab Tank is acting as the distributor).
Huge thanks to Julie Dillon for her magnificent artwork. For those interested in such details, I commissioned and paid for the art ahead of time. I’m thrilled she took on the project despite a rather daunting deadline.
Crab Tank is taking both domestic USA and International orders.
Free to signal boost if you feel so inclined!
EBOOK: A DRM-free pdf version is under construction and will be available in about two weeks (it has to be pdf because the illustrations are specific to the page). For the moment it will not be available on any of the usual ebook platforms, only at Crab Tank.